Anatoliy Banishevskiy

Anatoliy Andreyevich Banishevskiy (Azerbaijani: Anatoli Andreyeviç Banişevski; Russian: Анатолий Андреевич Банишевский; 23 February 1946, in Baku – 10 December 1997, in Baku) was an Azerbaijani footballer. Throughout most of his playing and coaching career, Banishevskiy was committed to his originally domestic club, Neftchi Baku. He is widely considered the greatest Azerbaijani footballer of all time. He played for the Soviet Union national football team, winning 51 caps and scoring 20 goals. Banishevskiy played for the Soviet side in the 1966 FIFA World Cup,[1] as well as in European Championship 1968 and 1972. His club team was PFC Neftchi, and he scored 136 goals in Soviet Top League competition.[1] The striker was unofficially named Azerbaijan's Player of the Year three times-in 1966, 1967, and 1978.[2]

Anatoliy Banishevskiy
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Personal information
Full name Anatoliy Andreyevich Banishevskiy
Date of birth (1946-02-23)23 February 1946
Place of birth Baku, USSR
Date of death 10 December 1997(1997-12-10) (aged 51)
Place of death Baku, Azerbaijan
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
Neftyanik Baku
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1963–1978 Neftyanik Baku 318 (136)
National team
1965–1972 USSR 50 (20)
Teams managed
1981–1983 Neftchi Baku
1984–1987 Automobilist Mingachevir
1987–1988 Burkina Faso (youth)
1988 Kapaz
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

In November 2003, as part of the celebration of UEFA's Jubilee, he was selected as the Golden Player for Azerbaijan by the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan as the country's most outstanding player over the past 50 years.

Early yearsEdit

Banishevskiy was born in Baku to a family of Ukrainian descent.[3]

He started playing football at the age of 16 and played all of his career for PFC Neftchi Baku, transforming into one of the best Azerbaijani players.[4]

Neftchi BakuEdit

Upon making the club's senior roster at the age of 16, Banishevskiy immediately emerged into one of the best young talents of his generation. Banishevskiy maintained his status of a premier Azerbaijani player, and remained very influential football figure throughout his entire football profession and beyond.

International careerEdit

Banishevskiy made his international debut at 19 years old on 4 July 1965 for USSR against Brazil during a friendly match.[5] His international career ended in final of the 1972 European Championship match loss against West Germany.[6]

Coaching careerEdit

After retiring as a player, Banishevskiy briefly coached Neftchi Baku, Kapaz and Automobilist Mingachevir. He has also worked as youth coach of Burkina Faso during 1987–1988 period.[4]

Later life and deathEdit

Banishevskiy on a 2016 Russian stamp from the series "Football Legends"

Banishevskiy was diagnosed with diabetic coma in 1991, having survived his first attack in 1987.[5] He suffered cerebral atrophy as result of a second attack, which also caused him memory loss.[5]

Subsequently, following his wife's ill-timed behavior, Banishevskiy lost the ownership of his house, which led him to live a difficult life in alcoholism on the streets of Baku.[5][7] However, he was rescued from this difficult situation by his old supporter and beloved follower Saida, who cared for him in his last years of his life and ultimately married him.

On 10 December 1997, Banishevskiy died after a third diabetic coma attack, having also suffered pancreatitis.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

His grandson Ali Babayev Banishevskiy began to play in the youth team of Neftchi in 2011 when he was 15. Currently, Ali plays professional football in Azerbaijan's First Division for Shusha FK.[9]


The home stadium of FK Masallı football club was renamed to Anatoliy Banishevskiy Stadium in his honor.[10]

As a player

Other achievements


  1. ^ a b "Development of various kinds of Azeri sport". National Olympic Committee of Azerbaijan. Archived from the original on 7 August 2008. Retrieved 27 June 2008.
  2. ^ Movsumov, Rasim (15 January 2006). "Azerbaijan – Player of the Year Awards". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 27 June 2008.
  3. ^ Tanguay, Vincent. "Anatoliy Banishevskiy". Visions of Azerbaijan. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  4. ^ a b Известному азербайджанскому футболисту Анатолию Банишевскому исполнилось бы 63 года (in Russian)
  5. ^ a b c d Анатолий БАНИШЕВСКИЙ:БАКИНСКИЙ ПИЖОН (in Russian)
  6. ^ Matthias Arnhold (29 February 2012). "Anatoliy Andreyevich Banishevskiy – Goals in International Matches". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 29 March 2012.
  7. ^ "Banişevski araq içməyi SSRİ yığmasında öyrəndi" Archived 27 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine (in Azerbaijani)
  8. ^ Верность и мастерство[permanent dead link] (in Russian)
  9. ^ "Golden Players take centre stage". 29 November 2003. Archived from the original on 19 May 2008. Retrieved 27 June 2008.
  10. ^ "Masallı" didərgin düşüb (in Azerbaijani)

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